Bahrain tear down Pearl Square, another protester martyred

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Middle East
Saturday, 19 March 2011


bahrain_missingScared Authorities in Bahrain have torn down the statue at the centre of Pearl roundabout in the capital, Manama, where pro-democracy protests were held for weeks. The concrete statue of six dhow sails holding up a pearl was demolished using drills and diggers on Friday.

According to the Shiite News Correspondent, the monument "was the centre of the protests for the pro-democracy protestors from a month;
The move came as security forces launched a crackdown on the protest camp, with thousands defying a ban on public gatherings to mourn the death of a protester during the recent violence.

Bahrain has arrested seven Shia and Sunni opposition leaders after weeks of protests that saw martial law being declared and troops from Saudi Arabia entering the tiny kingdom.

Weeks of protests – sometimes in violent clashes with security forces – by the Shia majority slid into sectarian violence and crippled the economy.

1491Missing Bahraini confirmed martyr

A Bahraini protester who went missing a few days ago amid unrest in the capital Manama has been confirmed dead.

The protester, missing since a crackdown by security forces on demonstrators in Manama earlier this week, is confirmed dead, an opposition MP told AFP on Saturday.

Manama has been the scene of violent clashes between security forces and protesters since a popular uprising began in the country.

Limited role

On Friday Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa, Bahrain's foreign minister, said the demolition of the statue was an effort to erase "bad

memories”.” We look with all confidence to the return of normal life in Bahrain," he said. "We know dialogue is our path."

About Nine pro-democracy Shia protestors have martyred in the crack of Wahab-Nasabi Saudi forces against the peaceful pro-democracy protestors and over 1000 injured. Three policemen were also killed, hit by cars driven by demonstrators.

Thousands of angry mourners buried an activist martyred in a crackdown that has angered across the world especially Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Shiite community across the world and raised tension in the world's largest oil-exporting region.

essa_qasimAyatullah Sheikh Issa Qassim, Bahrain's most influential Shia cleric, said during Friday sermon that Gulf troops would have been better off helping Palestinians in Gaza than entering Bahrain.

"The violence of the authorities has created a deep, wide and dangerous wound between the government and people," he said.

"The government wants to break our will so we give up our calls for substantial and meaningful reforms, but they will never break our will. They can use tanks and planes to smash our bodies but will never break our souls and our will for reforms."

Psychological victory

The statue that was demolished comprised six sails symbolising each of the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, holding up a pearl, symbol of the pearl fishing heritage that was the economic mainstay of the region before the discovery of oil.

"It is a kind of psychological victory for the protesters," said Hussein Oraibi, who works in telecommunications.

"It upset them so much that people were gathering there, they had to go out of their way to pull this down and change the traffic directions."

More than 85 percent of Bahrainis are Shia, and most are campaigning for a constitutional monarchy including the local Bahraini population of Sunni’s.

pearl_sqaure_bahrainBut calls by six parties leadership for the overthrow of the monarchy have alarmed Wahabi-Nasabi regime of Saudi and Bahraini’s monarchies, who fear the unrest serves Iran, separated from Saudi Arabia and Bahrain by only a short stretch of Gulf waters.

The inhabitants of Bahrain condemned the invasion of Wahabi-Nasabi Saudi and Gulf Countries forces in their soil and demanded of these American puppets governments to immediately exit their forces from the Bahrain and send them for the help of Palestinian people.

">  it was seen as being symbolic of anti-government sentiment.

The move came as security forces launched a crackdown on the protest camp, with thousands defying a ban on public gatherings to mourn the death of a protester during the recent violence.

Bahrain has arrested seven Shia and Sunni opposition leaders after weeks of protests that saw martial law being declared and troops from Saudi Arabia entering the tiny kingdom.

Weeks of protests – sometimes in violent clashes with security forces – by the Shia majority slid into sectarian violence and crippled the economy.

1491Missing Bahraini confirmed martyr

A Bahraini protester who went missing a few days ago amid unrest in the capital Manama has been confirmed dead.

The protester, missing since a crackdown by security forces on demonstrators in Manama earlier this week, is confirmed dead, an opposition MP told AFP on Saturday.

Manama has been the scene of violent clashes between security forces and protesters since a popular uprising began in the country.

Limited role

On Friday Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa, Bahrain's foreign minister, said the demolition of the statue was an effort to erase "bad

memories”.” We look with all confidence to the return of normal life in Bahrain," he said. "We know dialogue is our path."

About Nine pro-democracy Shia protestors have martyred in the crack of Wahab-Nasabi Saudi forces against the peaceful pro-democracy protestors and over 1000 injured. Three policemen were also killed, hit by cars driven by demonstrators.

Thousands of angry mourners buried an activist martyred in a crackdown that has angered across the world especially Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Shiite community across the world and raised tension in the world's largest oil-exporting region.

essa_qasimAyatullah Sheikh Issa Qassim, Bahrain's most influential Shia cleric, said during Friday sermon that Gulf troops would have been better off helping Palestinians in Gaza than entering Bahrain.

"The violence of the authorities has created a deep, wide and dangerous wound between the government and people," he said.

"The government wants to break our will so we give up our calls for substantial and meaningful reforms, but they will never break our will. They can use tanks and planes to smash our bodies but will never break our souls and our will for reforms."

Psychological victory

The statue that was demolished comprised six sails symbolising each of the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, holding up a pearl, symbol of the pearl fishing heritage that was the economic mainstay of the region before the discovery of oil.

"It is a kind of psychological victory for the protesters," said Hussein Oraibi, who works in telecommunications.

"It upset them so much that people were gathering there, they had to go out of their way to pull this down and change the traffic directions."

More than 85 percent of Bahrainis are Shia, and most are campaigning for a constitutional monarchy including the local Bahraini population of Sunni’s.

pearl_sqaure_bahrainBut calls by six parties leadership for the overthrow of the monarchy have alarmed Wahabi-Nasabi regime of Saudi and Bahraini’s monarchies, who fear the unrest serves Iran, separated from Saudi Arabia and Bahrain by only a short stretch of Gulf waters.

The inhabitants of Bahrain condemned the invasion of Wahabi-Nasabi Saudi and Gulf Countries forces in their soil and demanded of these American puppets governments to immediately exit their forces from the Bahrain and send them for the help of Palestinian people.

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